The Angel Levine (1970)

JAN KADAR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 USA, 1970. Belafonte Enterprises. Screenplay by Bill Gunn, Ronald Ribman, based on a story by Bernard Malamud. Cinematography by Richard C. Kratina. Produced by Chiz Schultz. Music by Zdenek Liska. Production Design by George Jenkins. Costume Design by Domingo A. Rodriguez. Film Editing by Carl Lerner. Zero…

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Buck and the Preacher (1972)

SIDNEY POITIER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 USA, 1972. Columbia Pictures, E & R Productions Corp., Belafonte Enterprises. Story by Ernest Kinoy, Drake Walker, Screenplay by Ernest Kinoy. Cinematography by Álex Phillips Jr.. Produced by Joel Glickman. Music by Benny Carter. Production Design by Sydney Z. Litwack. Costume Design by Guy C. Verhille. Film…

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BlackkKlansman (2018)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.   USA, 2018.  40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, Blumhouse Productions, Legendary Entertainment, Monkeypaw Productions, Perfect World Pictures, QC Entertainment.  Screenplay by Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee, based on the book by Ron Stallworth.  Cinematography by Chayse Irvin.  Produced by Jason Blum, Spike Lee, Raymond Mansfield, Sean McKittrick, Jordan…

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Carmen Jones (1954)

OTTO PREMINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1954.  Otto Preminger Films.  Screenplay by Harry Kleiner, based on the libretto by Oscar Hammerstein II, and the novel by Prosper Merimee.   Cinematography by Sam Leavitt.  Produced by Otto Preminger.  Music by Georges Bizet, Herschel Burke Gilbert.  Production Design by Edward L. Ilou.  Costume Design by Mary Ann Nyberg.  Film Editing by Louis…

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Bobby

EMILIO ESTEVEZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   It’s June 6, 1968 at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, the entire building abuzz with anticipation as guests await the arrival of America’s possible next president, Robert Kennedy. Throughout the day, this highly engrossing ensemble piece follows the lives of various characters, including two retired employees (Anthony…

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Kansas City (1996)

ROBERT ALTMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  France/USA, 1996.  CiBy 2000, Sandcastle 5 Productions.  Screenplay by Robert Altman, Frank Barhydt.  Cinematography by Oliver Stapleton.  Produced by Robert Altman.  Production Design by Stephen Altman.  Costume Design by Dona Granata.  Film Editing by Geraldine Peroni.   Robert Altman falters somewhat in this story of jazz clubs and gangsters in Depression-era Kansas City, Oklahoma, but…

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Ready To Wear (1994)

ROBERT ALTMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Original title:  Pret-A-Porter USA, 1994.  Etalon Film, Miramax.  Screenplay by Robert Altman, Barbara Shulgasser.  Cinematography by Jean Lepine, Pierre Mignot.  Produced by Robert Altman.  Music by Michel Legrand.  Production Design by Stephen Altman.  Costume Design by Catherine Leterrier.  Film Editing by Suzy Elmiger, Geraldine Peroni.   There are reasons to not miss this Robert Altman comedy and reasons…

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The Player (1992)

ROBERT ALTMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1992.  Avenue Pictures, Spelling Entertainment, Addis Wechsler Pictures.  Screenplay by Michael Tolkin, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Jean Lepine.  Produced by David Brown, Michael Tolkin, Nick Wechsler.  Music by Thomas Newman.  Production Design by Stephen Altman.  Costume Design by Alexander Julian.  Film Editing by Maysie Hoy, Geraldine Peroni.   Robert Altman’s most popular film…

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